Wanlockhead

[Welcome to Wanlockhead]

With all Scotland's hills and high ground, you might be surprised to find out that the UK's highest village is actually in England. So with that disappointment out of the way, where is the highest settlement in Scotland? Another surprise: it's the former mining village of Wanlockhead, ironically in the Scottish Lowlands, at about 410 metres above sea level. Despite the record, few people probably come here to see Wanlockhead itself. Much more interesting are the extensive Museum of Lead Mining, the nearby narrow-gauge adhesion railway (the UK's highest), and the scenic roads you follow to get here. The Wanlockhead Inn (you guessed it - the highest in Scotland) serves simple but filling pub grub, perfect for passing hikers on the Southern Upland Way. Surrounding hills provide good walking country, though with the scenery a little spoiled by, well, spoil heaps from the old mines. Radio masts and radar stations top the highest summits to the south-east; there's also a fledgling ski club here.

[Community garden]

Name: Wanlockhead ★☆☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NS 874130 ///harmlessly.critic.loves

[Entering Lochnell Mine, now part of the Museum of Lead Mining]

Within walking distance

>> see separate post for Museum of Lead Mining ★★★★☆
>> see separate post for Road: B797 Mennock Pass ★★★☆☆
>> see separate post for Wanlockhead Beam Engine ★☆☆☆☆

[View over the village]

Nearby

>> see separate post for Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway ★★★☆☆ (1 mile away)

[Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway]

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